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InsideOut.
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:49 PM
According to Yonex, their new RQiS Tour 1 XL will be used by Ana! Is that true?

gaviotabr
Sep 13th, 2008, 07:34 PM
According to Yonex, their new RQiS Tour 1 XL will be used by Ana! Is that true?

Yep!

From Ana's new diary:

Talking of rackets, I have a new one! Yonex have made a slightly lighter racket for me, which helps because I can get a little more head speed. Itís a new design too, which I really like.

gaviotabr
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:13 PM
By the way.. has anyone ever played with Ana's racquet? I bought a racquet a while ago, and almost took the RQiS Tour I, but thought it was way too heavy for me. I usually feel pain in my arm with these heavy racquets, but of course I can't compare myself with any pro, and they usually have very head heavy racquets for more control.

She seemed to have asked Yonex for a lighter racquet now though..

gaviotabr
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:20 PM
Ana's new racquet specifications, according to Yonex web:

Head Size
95 inch2
Length
27.0-inch
Width
18.5 mm (min) / 25.0 mm (max)
Average Weight
295 g
Grip Size
UX G1, 2, 3, 4, 5

It's 295 g to 320 g from the RQiS-I Tour.

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:30 PM
WOW! It looks like it has really bright colors!
http://www.yonex.co.jp/tennis/products/news/006-rqis1txl/image01.jpg

Looks Ok to me and if it elevates Ana's game back up I'm perfectly fine with it:angel:

edit:
Ana with her racquet
http://www.yonex.co.jp/tennis/products/news/006-rqis1txl/image05.jpg

The Daviator
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:36 PM
Please don't tell me this racquet will give her less control :unsure: No more UE fests like at the USO, please :o

gaviotabr
Sep 13th, 2008, 11:49 PM
Please don't tell me this racquet will give her less control :unsure: No more UE fests like at the USO, please :o

Not necessarily. She will be able to have a faster movement of the head of the racquet generating more acceleration on the ball. She can also feel the ball better and reach it faster, as she will be able to generate more head speed. Lighter racquets are also good for more maneuverability.

gaviotabr
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:11 AM
We will have to wait and see though.. how it affects Ana's game. She has been practicing with it, so hopefully it will only help her to play better.

wild.river
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:26 AM
WOW! It looks like it has really bright colors!
http://www.yonex.co.jp/tennis/products/news/006-rqis1txl/image01.jpg

Looks Ok to me and if it elevates Ana's game back up I'm perfectly fine with it:angel:

edit:
Ana with her racquet
http://www.yonex.co.jp/tennis/products/news/006-rqis1txl/image05.jpg

i heard she chose the colours.

jonnyroyale_13
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:29 AM
is that the same racket as this one? they look the same to me.
http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/7812/600x400enttennis5600x40gi5.jpg

gaviotabr
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:33 AM
is that the same racket as this one? they look the same to me.
http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/7812/600x400enttennis5600x40gi5.jpg


It's a new version of it. It seems from the especifications that the only difference is the weight. The new racquet is 25 g lighter.

gaviotabr
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:43 AM
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w170/jesi3781/anaivanovicnewracket.png

gaviotabr
Sep 14th, 2008, 05:18 PM
http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/spotaka/cabinet/tennis-racket/yonex-rqis1x.jpg

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/spotaka/10024823/

It seems they are already selling it in Japan. I wanted to know the balance of this racquet. The older version was very heavy, but head light, meaning Ana had to generate all the power. This one is lighter.. but is it head heavier? or still head light?

ninanina19
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:10 PM
By the way.. has anyone ever played with Ana's racquet? I bought a racquet a while ago, and almost took the RQiS Tour I, but thought it was way too heavy for me. I usually feel pain in my arm with these heavy racquets, but of course I can't compare myself with any pro, and they usually have very head heavy racquets for more control.

She seemed to have asked Yonex for a lighter racquet now though.. use Ana's racket. The red and black one. It's actually pretty light, maybe the one you got was a different one. like it a lot and it gives me a lot of control. But also put the the tension at like 63. I would recommend it, also it allows you to swing more freely.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2008, 04:11 AM
use Ana's racket. The red and black one. It's actually pretty light, maybe the one you got was a different one. like it a lot and it gives me a lot of control. But also put the the tension at like 63. I would recommend it, also it allows you to swing more freely.

Thanks for answering me! :D

Well.. I don't know.. I didn't demo the racquet. They didn't have it to test at the store, so I just took a look at the especifications, and it weights 337 g strung (11.9 oz), which is a bit heavy for me. I was just looking at tennis warehouse web and they have a light version of the same racquet (red and black), the weight is 312g (11 oz), and 6 pt head light. Which one do you have?

I've played with heavy racquets such as Babolat Aero Storm Tour and Wilson K-Factor K-six One Tour, both great racquets. But while I felt it was nice to hit with and it offered me good control and power, afterwards I felt pain in my arm and didn't feel as confortable.

I prefer the lighter racquets. I like Wilson K Factor K Tour. Its weight is 301 g (10.6 oz). I bought a Prince Ozone Seven a while ago, and I like it. The weight is the same of the Wilson racquet I used to play, but with a larger head size. I just find it so easy and confortable to play with. But I've always wanted to test a Yonex, I've never played with one. And I had this curiosity about how it would feel like to play with Ana's racquet. So, with what your are telling me, I guess I'll try to demo it. If I like it, I'll definitely buy it. :D

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:47 PM
This racquet is exclusive to Ana.

From Ana's web:

New Yonex racket for Ana
September 16, 2008 / Tokyo, Japan


Starting at this week's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Ana will play with a Yonex racket that is exclusive to her in that no other professional players will use it. The racket, named the RQiS 1Tour XL, will go on global sale to the public shortly.

The 20-year-old will also begin using an exclusive new racket bag.

Both products are pictured here.

http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1287/ana_mag_Finish.jpg&width=350&scale=aspect_ratio (http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1287/ana_mag_Finish.jpg)

http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1287/CatalogueBagRevised.jpg&width=350&scale=aspect_ratio (http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1287/CatalogueBagRevised.jpg)

jelenacg
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:20 PM
She looks cute in first pic :):)
Hope she can win some matches with new racket

AnaIvanovic373
Apr 1st, 2009, 01:39 PM
sick raquet she will play sick with it

jonnyroyale_13
Jun 11th, 2009, 01:46 AM
She will be able to have a faster movement of the head of the racquet generating more acceleration on the ball. She can also feel the ball better and reach it faster, as she will be able to generate more head speed. Lighter racquets are also good for more maneuverability.

We will have to wait and see though.. how it affects Ana's game. She has been practicing with it, so hopefully it will only help her to play better.

So, now its been out awhile, does anyone use Ana's racket and have any reviews?
Is it still the RQiS 1Tour XL she uses? I was looking at a forum where some people were talking about the various rackets, but im not the best to be reading it. They are talking about all the RQiS 1 tour models at once:explode:, so i cant tell which they refer to. One person said they 'gave it up due to its low power.' Another said 'i had to swing for the fences to get any power.'

gaviotabr
Jun 11th, 2009, 03:55 AM
So, now its been out awhile, does anyone use Ana's racket and have any reviews?
Is it still the RQiS 1Tour XL she uses? I was looking at a forum where some people were talking about the various rackets, but im not the best to be reading it. They are talking about all the RQiS 1 tour models at once:explode:, so i cant tell which they refer to. One person said they 'gave it up due to its low power.' Another said 'i had to swing for the fences to get any power.'

I've demoed it. Not my favorite racquet, but still a nice one. It's true though.. the power level is very low, you have to generate the power yourself. It's really a testament of Ana's power how she can unleash some rocket forehands with this racquet.

Sometimes I wonder if the fact that Ana lost some of her weight of shot and power is due to the racquet change. Her old Wilson N-Blade can generate a lot more power. It's also quite a confortable racquet. The Yonex one I find more control oriented. But then I remember how she was hitting in the first half of last year with the Yonex RQIS 1 Tour , and there is not much difference from that stick to the one she is using now (Yonex RQIS 1 Tour XL). It's just slightly lighter. And Ana was hitting with a lot of power.. so I guess it's just part of her issues with her game (confidence, change of grip...).

jonnyroyale_13
Jun 11th, 2009, 05:40 AM
Thanks for the review, Isabela. You make it easy to understand what you say. I was wondering the same as you about the power, but it sounds like in Ana's case you say dont blame the racket, blame Ana.lol What about the change of grip, though what did she change?:unsure:

Polikarpov
Jun 11th, 2009, 10:01 AM
I think the low powered Yonex is actually good for Ana's game. She's powerful enough to generates immense pace from his forehand, on the other hand, when she's being a hot mess, she'll be able to keep more balls in the court.

I don't think it's her new racquet that's the problem, but confidence. Ana was hitting heavier more powerful balls with the RQiS 2, and that racquet was lower power level than the one she uses today.

Adrian1092
Jun 11th, 2009, 01:55 PM
^She never used the RQiS 2 ;) I think it was just a normal RQiS 1 Tour.
I tried the two rackets ana used with yonex, and I find her old one better, especially on serves. The new one doesnt have much power but the feel is quite nice. I've settled with the new Pure Drive tho :D

gaviotabr
Jun 11th, 2009, 02:13 PM
Thanks for the review, Isabela. You make it easy to understand what you say. I was wondering the same as you about the power, but it sounds like in Ana's case you say dont blame the racket, blame Ana.lol What about the change of grip, though what did she change?:unsure:

It has been stated that because of the thumb injury Ana was forced to change her grip. The grip is the way you hold the racquet and it directly affects how the ball touches the strings of the racquet. A western grip, for an example, gives a lot of top spin to the ball, while an eastern grip is usually used to hit flat shots.

Eastern:

http://z.about.com/d/tennis/1/5/f/fh-east-c.jpg

Semi-western (Ana's grip.. at least the one she used to have):

http://z.about.com/d/tennis/1/5/h/fh-semi-western-c.jpg

Western:

http://z.about.com/d/tennis/1/5/i/fh-west-c.jpg

gaviotabr
Jun 11th, 2009, 02:15 PM
^She never used the RQiS 2 ;) I think it was just a normal RQiS 1 Tour.
I tried the two rackets ana used with yonex, and I find her old one better, especially on serves. The new one doesnt have much power but the feel is quite nice. I've settled with the new Pure Drive tho :D

I also love the Babolat Pure Drive. So confortable.. nice feel and power as well. One of the best racquets I've played with for sure.

gaviotabr
Jun 11th, 2009, 02:26 PM
I think the low powered Yonex is actually good for Ana's game. She's powerful enough to generates immense pace from his forehand, on the other hand, when she's being a hot mess, she'll be able to keep more balls in the court.

I don't think it's her new racquet that's the problem, but confidence. Ana was hitting heavier more powerful balls with the RQiS 2, and that racquet was lower power level than the one she uses today.

Ana never played with the RQiS 2, she had the RQiS 1 Tour. But I agree that the racquet is not the issue.

jelenacg
Jun 11th, 2009, 04:01 PM
I agree that her lack of power has nothing to do with her racquet more with her confidence
Nice pictures Izzy :)

gaviotabr
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:17 PM
I was taking a look at some pics.. and a couple caught my atention. I'm a bit of a racquet addict and I think Ana might be changing her strings. Look at this pic:

http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/6933/yonex.png

The first pic is from Ana's match against Rybarikova in Toronto. The second pic is from a practice session in Flushing Meadows this week. Maybe I'm seeing things.. but in the first pic, the strings seem white to me. In the second pic it seems she has yellow and grey strings mixed up.

Davodus
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Yeah she does, but it could easily be the same strings just in a different colour. I used to get my racquets strung with a string, then they changed it's colour but it was still the same one. Could be different though...

gaviotabr
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:41 PM
Yeah she does, but it could easily be the same strings just in a different colour. I used to get my racquets strung with a string, then they changed it's colour but it was still the same one. Could be different though...

Yes.. I know.. but she is using now different colors for mains and crosses. That's what caught my atention a bit..

But sure.. it can be the same ones.. or not.. I was just bringing it up.

Davodus
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:45 PM
When you go for different strings for mains and crosses doesn't that mean you want more control and better spin production? I guess that is what she could be going for if she changed them to different ones, which probably wouldn't hurt

gaviotabr
Aug 28th, 2009, 07:04 PM
When you go for different strings for mains and crosses doesn't that mean you want more control and better spin production? I guess that is what she could be going for if she changed them to different ones, which probably wouldn't hurt

The effect actually depends on which strings are used for mains and which for crosses.

Davodus
Aug 28th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Oh right, when I did it, it was for more control of spin, so I just assumed it was for all :lol: But I guess it doesn't hurt to try these things in practice sessions to see if it feels better. You will have to keep a look out to see if she uses these strings in a match now ;)

gaviotabr
Aug 28th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Oh right, when I did it, it was for more control of spin, so I just assumed it was for all :lol: But I guess it doesn't hurt to try these things in practice sessions to see if it feels better. You will have to keep a look out to see if she uses these strings in a match now ;)

Yes.. I guess we will see..;)

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2009, 01:56 PM
So.. in the last few practice pics we had of Ana it seemed she was changing back to her first Yonex. Let's see with which one she shows up next year.

http://www.osports.cn/middle.do?photoId=2953468

Polikarpov
Oct 4th, 2009, 07:12 PM
So.. in the last few practice pics we had of Ana it seemed she was changing back to her first Yonex. Let's see with which one she shows up next year.

http://www.osports.cn/middle.do?photoId=2953468

Would Yonex let her play with her old stick again? If Ana's really more comfortable using her old stick and wants to use it next year, then Yonex will probably reproduce her old stick with the blue and lime paintjob.

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 4th, 2009, 09:10 PM
Would Yonex let her play with her old stick again? If Ana's really more comfortable using her old stick and wants to use it next year, then Yonex will probably reproduce her old stick with the blue and lime paintjob.

Not sure they would give her a paintjob at all.
I've heard that Novak switched rackets, from his very own "pro-model", to a more regular stick, after he had been complaining all year that his new game were to blame for his results.

I don't see why they wouldn't let Ana officially switch back to her old racket. It's the one she won the French Open with and she obviously didn't have the same results with the new one. Of course, it's not the rackets fault, but it would make a nice fairy tale, if she went back to her old rackets and get her old results:lol:

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Would Yonex let her play with her old stick again? If Ana's really more comfortable using her old stick and wants to use it next year, then Yonex will probably reproduce her old stick with the blue and lime paintjob.

I always thought she could use the old stick with a paint job. But that wouldn't explain her practicing with the old racquet with it's regular paintjob in Tokyo and Beijing. It seemed she was going to use it like that in Beijing, if she played.

So I'm not sure she will use a paintjob next year. I think Yonex would let her get back to it.. but then again, I guess we will have to wait and see.

gaviotabr
Aug 17th, 2010, 01:22 PM
So, we know Ana is changing her racquet.. it seems the new one gives her some more power in her shots, which is great. She is still using the blacked out frame, so I was looking around and found some info on it.

Yonex is releasing a new line of racquets at the US Open, with new technology, called eZone. They have a pic in their facebook which shows some of the models, all of which seem to have a black and white paintjob. Not sure if that's definite or which will be Ana's. But it seems she is definitely going to use one of the eZone frames.

Check at the bottom of the pic:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs303.snc4/40481_145752392121459_126505504046148_324523_65295 78_n.jpg

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 18th, 2010, 12:11 PM
via tt.tennis-warehouse

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8FkQTs_scJo/TEEHR0MnfhI/AAAAAAAAAJQ/4EumpNKu3Qo/s1600/DSCF0273.JPG


EZONE Lite, EZONE, EZONE 26 (junior racquet)

Cp6uja
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Despite careers biggest success Ana achieved with Yonex in 2008, when we talked here what will be good for Ana to finish with this damn slump I mentioned several times in past that her biggest after-2008 game problem is actually LACK OF POWER in her shouts (forehand and serve especially) and lack of aggression, so atm for her is much better Racquet some Willson-like which she played in 2007. If this new model is step in that direction (power over accuracy) I'm really happy about that), because that she needs more than anything.

Davodus
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:07 PM
I always felt like Wilson suited her much better than Yonex as well, because she seemed to hit her forehand so much harder with the Wilson racquet. So like you said, if this racquet gives her more power, I think that is a real positive for her.

Cp6uja
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:17 PM
I always felt like Wilson suited her much better than Yonex as well, because she seemed to hit her forehand so much harder with the Wilson racquet. So like you said, if this racquet gives her more power, I think that is a real positive for her.At her best she can be enough powerful and aggressive without big help of her racquet and also take some advantages of bigger accuracy. But when she lose during slump her both basic shots (FH & serve) and that utter-aggressive game style which best suits to her, more powerful racquet will be really big support. So I'm not that sure in general, but AT THE MOMENT some Wilson-Like model will be way more helpful and useful, no doubt for me, and all reports about her Cincy big FH winners and improved serve stats is maybe proof that this is step in that direction.

Davodus
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:20 PM
At her best she can be enough powerful and aggressive without big help of her racquet and also take some advantages of bigger accuracy. But when she lose during slump her both basic shots (FH & serve) and that utter-aggressive game style which best suits to her, more powerful racquet will be really big support. So I'm not that sure in general, but AT THE MOMENT some Wilson-Like model will be way more helpful and useful, no doubt for me.

I agree with you ;)

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:01 PM
I found this in the tennis wharehouse forum:

http://image.rakuten.co.jp/kpi/cabinet/yonex-4/yonex-tennis-t.jpg

According to this, the eZone racquet, which is the one Ana is supposed to use, has more power than her previous ones. And is softer. I think it's good.

And she seems to like it a lot, according to her latest diary. It definitely seemed to give her more pop on the shots in Cincy.

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:04 PM
This is the eZone, which is the racquet Ana is supposed to use.

http://image.rakuten.co.jp/prospo/cabinet/yonex-4/ez.jpg

Specs: 100inch2, 300g.

I'm wondering it this is really it.. Ana has always used 95inch2 racquets.. but this has 100inch2. Maybe there will be a tour version with 95inch2.

Or maybe Ana will really make the change.. I couldn't really tell by the Cincy pics if the head size looked any bigger than her previous racquets.

But a 100inch2 has a bigger sweet spot and generally more power as well.

DefyingGravity
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:05 PM
That Wilson blade that she used was a pretty large frame as well, so I think it's not a bad move for her.

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:11 PM
That Wilson blade that she used was a pretty large frame as well, so I think it's not a bad move for her.

It had a 95inch2 head size.

I like 100inch2 better myself.. it has a bigger sweetspot. I have been playing with the Wilson K Blade Team, which is Serena's and Venus' (and Szavay, and Shvedova..) racquet of choice, and it has a 104inch2 headsize. Still maneuverable and really powerful and comfortable to play with.

Davodus
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:17 PM
This is the eZone, which is the racquet Ana is supposed to use.

http://image.rakuten.co.jp/prospo/cabinet/yonex-4/ez.jpg

Specs: 100inch2, 300g.

I'm wondering it this is really it.. Ana has always used 95inch2 racquets.. but this has 100inch2. Maybe there will be a tour version with 95inch2.

Or maybe Ana will really make the change.. I couldn't really tell by the Cincy pics if the head size looked any bigger than her previous racquets.

But a 100inch2 has a bigger sweet spot and generally more power as well.

I actually thought the head size did look a bit bigger in Cincy, but I didn't say anything because I thought I might look crazy :lol: Maybe it was just a trick of my eye though, but it did look to me a bit bigger.

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:21 PM
I actually thought the head size did look a bit bigger in Cincy, but I didn't say anything because I thought I might look crazy :lol: Maybe it was just a trick of my eye though, but it did look to me a bit bigger.

:lol:

Then maybe she did make the change! I think it can actually benfit her game right now to have a racquet with slightly bigger headsize.

Davodus
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:28 PM
:lol:

Then maybe she did make the change! I think it can actually benfit her game right now to have a racquet with slightly bigger headsize.

I agree, but don't take my word for it :tape: sometimes I don't wear my glasses when I should :p

But no, I think a slightly bigger headsize would be great for her. I'm seeing a lot of positive things from her in the last 2 weeks and I like it.

Adrian1092
Aug 18th, 2010, 06:43 PM
I'm pretty sure Ana used to use the nBlade 98 sq inch? Still 100 is a big enough jump in headsize! Hopefully it'll do her good anyway :)

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 07:28 PM
I'm pretty sure Ana used to use the nBlade 98 sq inch? Still 100 is a big enough jump in headsize! Hopefully it'll do her good anyway :)

Yes, my bad. The Wilson NBlade is a 98. Still, I don't think Ana has ever used a 100inch2.

gaviotabr
Aug 21st, 2010, 05:24 PM
The new racquet debuts at the USO:

http://www.yonex.com/tennis/topics/ezone/index.html

DefyingGravity
Aug 22nd, 2010, 03:55 AM
The new racquet debuts at the USO:

http://www.yonex.com/tennis/topics/ezone/index.html

Ana and Ayumi are debuting the rackets? So that potentially they don't see but one round of play!!??

gaviotabr
Aug 30th, 2010, 02:14 PM
The new racquet debuts at the USO:

http://www.yonex.com/tennis/topics/ezone/index.html

This link has been updated with info on the racquet.. it's all about power. Great!